Skin Benefits of Going Barefaced

As people around the globe hunker down at home in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and protect the population’s most vulnerable individuals, it may help to look for a silver lining each day.  Women of a certain age who may be wondering how long it will be until their true hair color becomes obvious can also take heart that while their silver strands may shine through, a break from wearing makeup while staying at home can improve skin’s appearance.

According to a recent Well and Good report, a week’s break from makeup can help regulate oil production, lessen clogged pores, reduce irritation and depending on humidity and stress levels, improve hydration.  Although you may be giving yourself a break from foundation, concealer, eyeliner or mascara, dermatologists recommend keeping up with a good skincare routine that includes moisturizing and using an SPF daily. 

Whether you have blackheads, dryness or rosacea, skin’s appearance can benefit from a break from makeup. If the situation continues for the next month, because the skin’s cell turnover takes about 28 days, women may come out of this lock-down looking more refreshed.  While on a hiatus from cosmetics, gals can use the extra time in their day to clean out the makeup bag, get rid of old products and give all brushes and sponges a thorough cleaning. Learn more about skincare for aging skin by following this link to the American Academy of Dermatology.

In addition to giving your skin a little more TLC, we can all help protect our overall health and well-being by managing stress, getting outdoors each day for some fresh air and exercise, drinking plenty of water, eating well, taking a break from devices and finding ways to connect socially with friends and family, if not in person from a distance, then virtually.  

Stay the course and keep looking for hidden opportunities, ways to brighten the day of someone in your life and don’t forget to treat yourself with kindness and compassion.  

What’s your silver lining story?